WJTN News Headlines for Mon., Jan. 15, 2024

 

City man arrested for threatening another man with rifle...
A Jamestown man has been arrested after allegedly pointing a rifle at another man during an argument on the city's westside late last week.  Jamestown police were called to the unidentified location shortly before 9 p.m. last Thursday for a person with a weapon.  Officers say their investigation found that 43 year-old Cody Cogdell has pointed the gun at a male victim.... and, he was arrested without further incident.  Police charged Cogdlll with second-degree menacing.  He was taken to the city jail... arraigned, and released with an appearance ticket.


Dunkirk man arrested during drug raid in north county city...
A Dunkirk man has been arrested during a drug raid on his apartment following a one month-long investigation into significant drug trafficking from that location.  Sheriff's deputies say Dunkirk Narcotics Investigators, along with those from the Sheriff's Office and Jamestown Police Department executed a search warrant at the lower apartment at 178 West Second St. last Friday afternoon.  Officers say they found 43 year-old Fernando Martinez, Jr. inside the home... and, seized just over 12-grams of fentanyl... 26.15 grams of crack cocaine... nearly 11-grams of methamphetamine, scales and packaging material for the distribution of narcotics.  Police also found a shotgun and more than $6,000 in cash.  They say Martinez was charged with three counts third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia... fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon... first-degree criminal contempt... and, tampering with physical evidence.  Martinez was arraigned in Dunkirk City Court... and, sent to the county jail on $10,000 cash bail.  If you have information on drug or other suspicious activity... call the Sheriff's Department Tip line at either 800-344-8702 or 716-664-2420... or the Jamestown Police Department Tip line at 716-483-8477.


Jamestown woman arrested for DWI for going wrong way on one-way street...
A city woman has been arrested on multiple Felony drunk driving charges after she was allegedly seeing driving on the shoulder of the road on North Main Street.  Jamestown police say they pulled over a car during a traffic stop shortly after Midnight Saturday because the car was not maintaining it's lane.  Officers say the driver... identified as 50 year-old Robin Smith... failed standardized field sobriety testing.  Smith was taken into custody for Felony DWI... Felony Aggravated DWI... driving with a blood alcohol content of more than point-18 percent.... and, for driving when her license had been revoked for a DWI conviction over the past 10 years.  She was also charged with failure to maintain lane, and consumption of alcohol in a motor vehicle.  Smith was jailed pending arraignment.


Wendel speaks more about Hochul's State of the State Address...
Local government and school leaders will be paying attention to New York Governor Kathy Hochul's 2023-24 budget presentation tomorrow from Albany.  Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel is among them... and, while he liked many of the initiatives in Hochul's State of the State message... he wants to see how they're addressed in her budget.  The governor will present the budget during an address in Albany... and, Wendel is looking to see how she addresses concerns like retail theft... agriculture... and, mental health.  He adds he also is concerned about the move from holding local elections from odd to even-years.  Wendel says it's a "home rule" issue that... according to the state constitution... rests with the county governments.  Gov. Hochul's 2023-24 spending plan totaled about $229-billion... which was a record.  However... during her State of the State Address... she noted "we can't spend what we don't have." 


NYSSBA sounds off on education in State of the State Address...
The organization that represents school board's across New York state say they are "optimistic" that that districts will receive the aid they need in the new state budget.  Those are the feelings of New York State School Boards Association Chief Communications and Marketing Officer Dave Albert.  Albert says... with districts receiving full Foundaton Aid the past year... they're looking forward to the governor's budget message on Tuesday.  Albert says... with the mental health of students a significant concern... they're hoping to get the resources they need.  He says the U.S. Surgeon General's report on that found that 40% of students were dealing with some kind of mental health issue... including depression, and low self-esteem.  In her State of the State Address... Governor Kathy Hochul said that any district that felt they need a "school-based" mental health clinic should be able to get one.  However... Albert says finding counselors and social workers has been a challenge in some cases. 


City police arrest wrong way driver for DWI... 
A Jamestown woman faces multiple drunk driving related charges after she was spotted going the wrong way on a one-way street on the city's eastside.  City police were patrolling in the area of East Sixth and Spring Streets shortly before 2 p.m. last Thurday when they saw the car... driven by 61 year-old Kelly Hodges... going the wrong way.  Officers pulled her over near Prendergast Avenue... and, found that Hodges was under the influence of alcohol.  She was taken into custody... and, taken to the city jail... where she was found to have a blood alcohol content higher than point-18-percent.  Hodges was charged with DWI, Aggravated DWI... and, multiple vehicle and traffic violations.  She was processed and issued appearance tickets for city court.